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Virginia Tech gains ground in NSF rankings

Virginia Tech gains ground in NSF rankings

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Virginia Tech’s spot in the National Science Foundation’s research and expenditure spending ranking rose one spot in the last fiscal year.

Tech’s total research and expenditure spending rose from $504 million to an all-time high of $521 million, according to numbers released by the National Science Foundation.

Tech jumped one spot to No. 43 in expenditures and remains the top school on the list in the commonwealth. The University of Virginia climbed in the rankings to No. 56, with just under $400 million in research expenditures.

Johns Hopkins University was first in the rankings with more than $2 billion in expenditures.

Former Tech President Charles Steger made climbing the rankings a priority during his tenure. Since 2000, when expenditures were $193 million, the university consistently climbed. In the past several years, Tech has hovered around its current position, though its dollar figures have risen.

It was also a good year for research overall, according to the National Science Foundation, which reported that research expenditures across the country increased by 1.4 percent last fiscal year.

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